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Traditionalism as a Social Engineering Meme

Traditionalism/Perennialism is beginning to be recognized and patronized by various well-established globalist figures and institutions, including Prince Charles of England and His Royal Highness Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal, who heads the A Common Word between You and Us initiative and also founded the Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies. Another Jordanian prince, His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal, is a co-chair of the State of the World Forum founded by Mikhail Gorbachev.

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Traditionalism and Eschatology

When I saw an acceptance of the spirit of this world growing upon certain Traditionalists, that started me on my quest to investigate the exact nature of the shadow that was falling over them. Their desire was, apparently, not to have to feel the enmity of the world—but no one who does not feel the enmity of the world can say that he has realized truth, in these latter days especially.

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On Love and Wisdom, Reflections on St. Xenia of St. Petersburg and High Romance and the Spiritual Path

God is Love, but He is also Wisdom. And since all duality has its roots in the illusory world, these divine aspects are not two, but One. Sometimes we name this One “Wisdom”; sometimes we name it “Love.”

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Traditionalism and Folklore

Among the Traditionalists, Ananda Coomaraswamy and René Guénon touched upon folklore, but never made an extensive study of it. And Martin Lings, in the anthology Sword of Gnosis, did a metaphysical exegesis of a Lithuanian folk song. That’s about the extent of the Traditionalist treatment of folklore, though Rama Coomaraswamy told me that his father Ananda had made a collection of folk songs with a view toward a metaphysical treatment of them, but never finished the project.

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Vigilance in the Interfaith Arena

In this essay I will do my best to demonstrate that the Interfaith Movement, while capable of doing real good in bringing greater peace and understanding between the religions, is also fraught with dangers, especially for those committed to one of the traditional wisdom traditions or world religions.

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Nature as Symbol

A symbol is something that stands for something else—not one that is arbitrarily chosen, as if apples were randomly chosen to stand for oranges, but something that has an organic connection to the thing symbolized. A symbol is a partial emanation of a higher, more integrated, more meaningful reality into a lower, less integrated, less meaningful world—which means that “creation” and “symbol-formation” are synonymous on all levels, from the writing of the text you are presently reading to the creation of universe.

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On “Neo-Perennialism”: A Misapplication of the Transcendent Unity of Religions

It seems that some people are beginning to claim that Islam has a certain precedence over the other religions because it is “more universalist” than they are. But isn’t this a contradiction in terms? I’m reminded of a joke I used to tell when I was a leftist activist. The Left, of course, has been notorious for its factionalism; my joke, or parody, went like this: “We’re not the factionalists—they’re the factionalists!”

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